Perhaps it was the dreadfully long winter or the result of looking at a bazillion cottage inspiration pics, but I knew I had to add yellow somewhere at our house. Not the washed out version either, rather something bright and cheery. Sounds a bit scary for someone who loves neutrals, right? But when I was looking at making over the rustic blue bench I discovered at my parents’ farm last summer, I knew it was the perfect opportunity. It would be that unexpected pop of color at the front door that made me (and hopefully others) smile every time I entered, but wouldn’t be in my face all day long.
Some of you pleaded with me on facebook to leave the bench as it was. I did adore the look of the top, but the rest was a hideous blue color I just couldn’t live with. As well, I wanted it to be a functional bench that we could use for summer backyard parties. Somehow flaking paint and large splinters weren’t exactly what I had in mind. In addition, we had to cut the ends of the bench to fit it in the truck and I had to address the newly exposed wood. Convinced yet?
To start the bench makeover, we cut the angles back in the ends with a jigsaw. I removed the flaking paint with a wire brush and sanded down the rough and splintery parts until everything was fairly smooth. For the base coat I used an outdoor paint/primer combination in a golden honey color.